I want to start off by unequivocally stating the following: I am not abandoning Book 2, Into the Breach.
I’ve had a hell of a time with this book. I think it works, structurally. I’m almost 40K words into it and I feel like something is wrong with it though. It picks right up where We Happy Few ended. Lex’s dark fleet docks at Free Port.
There’s just something… Something I can’t put my finger on. It’s just flat? or uninspired maybe?
Maybe it’s me? Maybe I’m being overcritical? Perhaps… I am planning on paying for some developmental edits. But, that’s not cheap. It will take me some time for that.
I am out of practice. When I wrote We Happy Few, I was working in Afghanistan. I had a couple hours a day to dedicate to writing and I did it every day.
I have been writing much more regularly lately, but I still have to get back into the swing of the routine and just like any other skill when you’ve slacked off now you have to rebuild it.
In the meantime…
I’m honing my skills with a sci-fi serial set in the same universe. I think this will also serve to get the creative juices flowing again.
[untitled Gladiator meets Warhammer 40K story]
Corporal John Rowen is an Imperial conscript and he’s in deep trouble. His court martial was short. He’s convicted for beating his inept platoon leader within an inch of his life because the blue blood caused the needless deaths of his squad mates.
The sentence is death. It’s not fair, but what the hell is? His choice is simple, stand in front of a firing squad or fight as a gladiator in the New Imperial Circus.
It seems like the right choice. He’ll wish he had picked the firing squad.
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That’s the idea anyway. And I figure that the sci-fi serial is probably due a resurgence in popularity. It was on its way with Hugh Howey at the helm, then he had his melt down in 2016 and sailed off into the sunset…
I’m happy to pick up where he left off.
In fact, now I’m wondering if Into the Breach should come out in serial form. Hmmm… Something to ponder.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!